OFFERED AT $1,570,000
This warm, modern and luxurious home proves that not all homes built in the modern-style are geometric and cold. Completed in 2008 by leading green builders, Matt Risinger of Risinger Homes and Alex Pettitt of Spring Builders, it has a 5 Star Energy Rating from the Austin Energy Green Building Group.
Themes of sustainability and efficiency run throughout the home from the recycled wood strips used in flooring to recycled seat belts used in chairs. Solar panels on the roof combine with passive solar in the wide roof overhangs to maximize energy efficiency.
|INFORMATION AT A GLANCE:|
|4,525 square feet (per tax records), lot of 0.1503 acres|
|3 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 Baths, 3 Living Areas|
|Wine Cellar & Tasting Room|
|2-Car Side Entry Garage|
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Think of this big room as Flexible Space; it can become a formal living room, dining room or remain in its current use as a library.
Floor-to-ceiling windows on the west/front open the walls into a continuation of the outdoors with the view focused on a huge oak tree in front and peaceful street scene beyond.
Remote controlled electric shades entirely cover the front windows and provide both privacy and shade.
Bamboo and iron railings with glass panels separate the entryway from the library. The transparent glass panels keep the area open and inviting, while in no way restricting the view of the doors through the large windows.
The handsome custom walnut book case covers an entire wall and has a specially made rolling steel ladder to reach the top shelves
Racetrack raised dormers at the top of the wall opposite the entry allow light to come in from both sides of the room and create an interesting pattern of light and dark in the room.
The house was shaped by the long, narrow site, so the interior view corridors become important to the experience of living in the home. Rather than being dull, continuous hallways, they are interesting because of changes in floor levels and openings along the way.
Hardwood floors called Fineline are made of thin scraps of oak, maple, beech and ash recycled and bonded together in a linear style that moves the eye along the view corridors.
Floor-to-ceiling windows along the west side are commercial-rated, made by Gerkin, and were placed to give the best possible views of the oak trees and the peaceful street beyond.
Hand blown glass lighting in the hallways provide light, add warmth, and compliment the organic elements of the house.
Intersecting planes of walls, ceilings and openings create complex and harmonious patterns, so that one can stand almost anywhere inside the home and see interesting angles.
The spaces of the Family Room, Dining Area and Kitchen flow seamlessly together. Family Room and Dining Area are only separated by a buffet-type cabinet, made for the spot, which divides traffic but allows conversation.
The Family Room enjoys a gas fireplace set in a burnished block accent wall. The burnished block provides an interesting texture with small polished pebbles in the midst of the gray groundmass. Windows here, as in all rooms in the home, are placed to give the best possible view of the outdoors and at the same time leave large spaces for art.
Ann Clark consulted on this huge gourmet chef’s kitchen, which is open to the family room and dining room and filled with light.
Behind the stove are clear glass windows that allow more light into the kitchen and also open up to the outside for extra exhaust and ventilation.
Half a floor above the Entry and Library, the Master Suite feels completely private.
As you enter the suite through a translucent glass door, you’ll find a generously sized bedroom with large picture windows, once again placed to take advantage of the best possible views.
The stunning Master Bath, featured in architectural publications, is entered through a frosted glass sliding door. It has a long, graceful CaesarStone vanity with 2 heavy cast glass vessel sinks, a huge glass shower with multiple shower heads, an oversized chromatherapy, air jetted tub for soaking away the tension of the day, and a well organized walk-in closet.
Having the closet off the bathroom allows one to dress without going into the bedroom and disturbing someone sleeping there.
Upstairs you’ll find a 3rd Living Area, which could be an office space or entertainment area; 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths plus a covered balcony
The architect planned generously sized windows for the home, artfully placed in order to capture a view of a specific object, such as a branch silhouette, a particular tree or the sky.
3rd Living Area—Now a study, it could also be an entertaining area for those living upstairs or a full-blown office. Up in the branches, it feels a bit like being in a tree house. There’s a glimpse of distant hills from one window. Built in shelving and a desk allow this room to double as a study.
2nd Bedroom—This features a raised corner sitting area, windows that offer views into the trees, and a fhe floor of Fineline recycled wood scraps. The bathroom's penny-dot tile floor and wall treatment go perfectly with the polka dot patterned divider and a CaesarStone vanity. The shower, has a glass door and beside it is a separate Japanese soaking tub with a raised CaesarStone ledge.
3rd Bedroom—Actually, this long room works as a suite, with one end for a large bed and the other set up as a living area. The bath has a steam shower with a ledge for sitting and features glass mosaic tiles on the walls.
Refrigerated Wine Cellar with a Tasting Room— Located downstairs next to the garage. Walker Zanger ceramic snake texture tile makes for an exotic and fun floor.
Outdoor Kitchen—Located by the covered patio (next to the Kitchen and Family Room) with stainless gas BBQ grill, gas cooktop, soapstone counters and a built-in space for a big Green Egg.
Office Nook—Before you enter the Master Suite, you pass a room with a desk and space for a phone and computers. This area overlooks the main view corridor that extends from one end of the house to the other.
Garage—The spacious side entry 2-car garage has a fan activated by the inside door to pull hot air and exhaust outside, not let it into the house.
Exterior—Regional Mexican Sand brick with linear accents, aluminum with limestone leuter accents. Long lasting ipé wood lines the overhangs.
Landscaping-The property was thoughtfully xeriscaped by Mark Word Design,
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For information call Barbara Boyd at (512) 917-3333
ML Nos: Austin-6042754 Houston-
2005 Matthews Dr.
Austin, TX 78703